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Old 03-07-2010, 12:43 PM
Location: Between Seattle and Portland
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I don't normally have the patience for subtitled movies and would have passed over a recommendation by a friend for a great German movie about a serial killer called "Antibodies." I reconsidered when I couldn't find anything else to watch last night and WOW! Mesmerizing and disturbing.


Here's a review, if you haven't seen it (released in late 2006):

"A brutal murderer, Seiler (Heinz Hoenig), is captured by police after a bloody shootout, admitting to the murder and torture of thirteen young boys. Police believe he’s killed many more besides, but he’s unwilling to talk.

Michael Martens (Wotan Wilke Möhring), a policeman in a provincial town just outside Berlin, is still tormented by his inability to solve the murder of another child - Lucia Flieder - murdered a year and a half ago. His small town remains riven by suspicion: Seiler's capture seems like the news they’ve been waiting for.

Martens isn't so sure. He travels in to Berlin to meet Seiler, and see if he really can close the case that has come to define him. The murderer who talks to no-one starts to talk to him, but seems to confirm Marten’s worst suspicions. As he slowly becomes drawn into Seiler's vicious world, everyone becomes a suspect, and Martens must solve the case before it kills him.

That Antibodies owes a debt to Silence of the Lambs is clear and amusingly winked at. But while it borrows the format, the rest is done entirely by Alvart and his talented cast. And done brilliantly.

Möhring turns in a great performance as the tortured police officer, slowly pulled apart by the seedy world he finds himself in. Hoenig seems to relish playing the bad guy, interrogating the moral assumptions of his interrogators and working his way into Marten’s head. André Hennicke is equally good as the lecherous, ambitious police chief, only in it for his own ends.

Alvart's direction is assured, seamlessly cutting the action back and forth between past and present. The tension builds towards a fantastic climax, some twists more expected than others, but it certainly kept me guessing until near the end.

There are some brutal moments, and Alvart doesn't pull any punches. But all in all it's great entertainment, and makes compelling watching if you have the stomach for it."

Antibodies | film reviews | musicOMH
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